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MANCHESTER (October 8-9) — Willowbrook Golf Course was the host of the TSSAA State High School Golf Championship last week. The club is family-owned and -operated and was voted best course in …
MANCHESTER (October 8-9) — Willowbrook Golf Course was the host of the TSSAA State High School Golf Championship last week. The club is family-owned and -operated and was voted best course in the area by Tennessee Magazine. Willowbrook has been the tournament host for eight consecutive years. McKenzie was represented by the Lady Rebels golf team of Maggie Glass, Juleyanne Weatherford and Whitley Smith and by Rebel Logan Green as an individual qualifier.
Tuesday was a chilly 60 degrees, cloudy and windy. The Lady Rebels were led by Maggie Glass with a 75 (three over par), Juleyanne Weatherford with a 92 and Whitely Smith with a 101. Wednesday, the weather had improved to sunny and clear. The ladies team was led by Maggie Glass with an 86 to complete her two-day score of 156. Juleyanne Weatherford shot a 95 to complete her two-day score of 187, and Whitley Smith had a 102 to complete her two-day score of 203. It was a very close match. The ladies ended up in fourth place, only three strokes away from second place Adamsville and only one stroke away from third place Sale Creek. Maggie Glass claimed fourth place individual medalist with her score of 156, which included nine pars and three birdies on Day 1 and nine pars on Day 2.
For the gentlemen, there were 64 participants as individual qualifiers. Logan Green shot 82 on Day 1 with eight pars. On Day 2, he shot 87 with five pars and one birdie. His two-day score total was 169. He finished in 29th place. The first place medalist was Evan Woosley Reed, who shot an impressive six under par. Second place was Aiden Collier with an even par, and third place was Braedon Wear, shooting only one over.
The tournament motto for McKenzie golfers was “Be the Bean.” Coach Larry Joe Smith handed the golfers a coffee bean to carry with them. The coffee bean represents overcoming challenges and discovering the power inside us.
The 2019 state tournament proved to be a great opportunity and experience for these young golfers. They made lots of memories and new friends and look forward to next year.